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Good Podiatrist in Atlanta area

Posted by Manas D on 7/31/01 at 22:07 (055022)

Can someone recommend a good podiatrist in the Atlanta metro area ?

Thanks,
Manas.

Re: Good Podiatrist in Atlanta area

Dr. Marlene Reid on 7/31/01 at 22:58 (055029)

There is a really good residency program at what used to be Doctor's Hospital. I don't know the name now, but it has an excellent reputation. You could either see if the program has a clinic or get the name of its director(s).

Re: Good Podiatrist in Atlanta area

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/01/01 at 00:57 (055032)

Peachtree Podiatry Group.

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 07:24 (055043)

I live in Atlanta and am on my way in five minutes to a new Foot Specialist....I'll let you know what I find out if you are interested.

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 09:06 (055049)

BAD VISIT to the 'foot Specialist'. He was anything BUT a specialist. He answered all of my questions but I got constantly interuppted no matter HOW I tried to talk to him....I told him I was concerned about developing heelspurs and he said '30 year olds don't get heel spurs'.
WHAT???????????? I freaked on that one....considering I have a best firend who is 30 and has them in btoh feet. He told me that with Plantar Fasitis he didn't see why going barefoot would be a problem. WHAT again?
I just sat there shaking my head at him and I said 'You know Dr. KNox I have really been researching this problem and have learned a lot and I KNOW the one worse thing you can do for your feet with this PF is go barefoot.' He just said 'WEll whatever you're comfortable with'
I also asked him about my Orhtotics (which were sitting in my purse b/c they hurt) and he said 'WEll mine are probably better'
I can't even believe the things that were coming out of this guys mouth...Now this was a Resurgeons Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist in Atlanta....not some dive clinic. He said 'You can do night splints or Cortizone'....and I said 'How much are the night splints?' He says 'About $100.00 a piece.' Of course I said 'Well anything that is not covered by insurance is not going to work for me right now...I have spent enough money at this point.'
I asked about Pronation being a possible cause for PF and he said 'I doubt it but you do have a pronation issue....a small one but I see it. That didn't cause your problem'
then he told me to continue stair stepping and walking if there was not tooo much pain and good Luck.
I cried all the way home...literally. I was so upset when I left. I knew more then he did about this! I did get a prescription for Volatren....but who knows.
What a waste of money and time....I am wondering if I HAVE to have a doctor for this? Or can I just work on it by myself some more?
I am losing trust in anyone but this site and the doctors and people on it!

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

nancy s. on 8/01/01 at 09:54 (055057)

hi carmen,
i'm not sure i'd call it 'common,' but it certainly isn't rare enough, in my opinion. your guy sounds like the pod i went to when i first got pf -- only i hadn't found this site yet and stuck with him for six months, getting nowhere -- in fact, quite a bit worse.
i'm sorry this happened to you. don't feel alone, because in my long time on this site i can't tell you how many times i've read in someone's post after a visit to the doctor, 'i cried all the way home.'
clearly you DO know more than this particular doctor, and i would write him off.
if it helps any to know, i did eventually find an excellent sports medicine doctor who knew a lot about my foot problems and who saw me through most of my recovery. they are out there. this site here is invaluable in so many ways, as you already know. i do think it's good to have a trustworthy doctor monitoring your case, though. individual problems can arise that a good doctor familiar with you and your case is most likely to guide you through best and personally. please don't give up; keep looking.
in the meantime, i hope you continue to find support and answers here that will help you toward recovery. please don't waste precious energy on stressing out about this lousy doctor visit -- he's not worth it, and you need your energy to cope in more constructive ways than he had to offer.
take care,
nancy

Re: Don't give up, Carmen

Julie on 8/01/01 at 11:13 (055070)

Carmen, that's very disappointing, and I'm so sorry this has happened. I second everything Nancy has said, though. Write him off, and look elsewhere: it WILL help to have a good doctor on your side, encouraging and monitoring you. When you've recovered from this blow, maybe your next step could be to follow up the two leads that Drs Reid and Zuckerman posted: the Doctors' Hospital and the Peachtree Podiatry Group (lovely name!)

DON'T give up hope. Healing PF is a long road. Lots of people here, like Nancy, have had to pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and start all over again. And you will. I know you're determined!

Now for a little bit of information. It may be confusing, but all information is grist to the mill, right? I've just come from seeing my osteopath. I think I told you two weeks ago that she was working on my tight piriformis, didn't I? We had an interesting discussion about this very interesting muscle (in her words, 'a little beast') and she said that supination, which rotates the hip externally, can cause piriformis syndrome, rather than pronation, which rotates it inwardly. She also said that poor sitting habits is a factor in many of the cases she treats - for example, driving a car with off-centre pedals.

Chin up. Things can only get better.

All the best, Julie

Re: Don't give up, Carmen

Donna M on 8/01/01 at 11:59 (055079)

Carmen, my heart goes out to you!! I know how devastated you must feel!! It seems like it takes forever to find a decent dr., and then it seems like the appointment is months away. By the time you get to go, you just know 'he' will be able to answer your questions and get you well on the road to recovery! Only to get there and the whole appointment be nothing but disaster and you are in the same shape you were, but now feeling only more depressed. It just doesn't seem fair, but then the down times are where we receive our true strength!!
Like Nancy and Julie said, there is a good doctor out there, for all of us! We just have to continue seeking and eventually we 'will' find him!
Good luck and hang in there!!
Donna

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Glenn X on 8/01/01 at hrmin (055092)

Carmen: Little consolation, but at least you came away from your appointment knowing how ill-equipped this person was to care for you. That's not something everyone who comes here to heelspurs knows right away.

I think we need to start a 'Can You Top This?' board; post some of these outrageous examples of dismal, abysmal, obscene care, and figure out some way to get the information in the hands of medical schools, as in a course on , 'How NOT to treat your patients.' Or perhaps there's a journal article here? Or testimony before congress?

With apologies to the really exceptional and dedicated doctors that regularly post on this site . . . This is damned wretched, contemptible, sinful (you should see how many synonyms are available to describe this) 'doctoring.' But somehow, we (the universal we) need to get MAD AS HELL and NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE, and perhaps contribute to a solution.

Whew!

By the way, nice piece of lively writing. I felt there, at your visit to the ???? not sure what to call that person (see above).

There are great doctors and other health-care professionals out there. My dentist, my internist, even my vet, are wonderful. And later this week I'm seeing a DPM I met on heelspurs whom I already have enormous confidence in.

I encourage you to keep looking with unflagging optimism, and also encourage you to continue the REST and other conservative measures so well described on heelspurs until you find that caregiver you can trust and partner with.

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Dr.Zuckerman on 8/01/01 at 15:32 (055106)

Don't give up. Educate Educate yourself. Education is the best doctor around. You can't control how people treat you but you can control how you feel

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Manas D on 8/01/01 at 15:49 (055111)

Carmen:

Yes, I 'm very interested .... how 'd it go?

Thanks,
Manas.

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Manas D. on 8/01/01 at 15:58 (055113)

Carmen:

Sorry, I replied before reading your other message. I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. Do not give up hope.

I have an appointment on the 8th of Aug with a doctor at Alpharetta area...will let you know how it goes.

Thanks,
Manas.

Re: To ALL

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 16:24 (055119)

You know I am just overwhelmed daily on how great everyone on here is....
I look forward to the next day that I can get on here and be supported. Thanks to everyone so much. It helps just to be UNDERSTOOD. I will stay on the 'hunt' and now I know for the next search to ask how knowledgable the doc is and how familar he is with PF. I may WAIT and see how Manas does with his visit....Alpharetta is only about 45 minutes from me...on the way to clients offices an hour away. I would try to collaborate the two trips. Oh trust me... He was written off when he said 30 year olds don't get heelspurs. A GONER I must say! I think he knew I was disappointed b/c when he was trying to tell me about the ESWT he couldn't remember what it was called and I called it the EWST treatment and he kind of smiled like he was saying 'Oh...you DO know about this PF stuff'
So...anyway. 'Good Luck' is what I hear from Docs when they feel they can't do anything more for me...when they know I am movin' on. I agree about the board Glenn! let's come up with a 'Can you top this' board...hee hee
For giggles sake! The doc's could post their most DRAMATIC patients....We know we're out there. I actually call myself the drama queen about things like Ohhhh my reaction to bugs (SHRREEEEEKKKK!!!!) and things like that. But with this feet thing....I have had to tone down the explanation to people b/c there's no GOOD way to explain the pain without them thinking I'm wacky or exaggerating how bad it hurts.
Julie~THANKS for the Piriformus info! That's sooo helpful to my quest to correct that problem as well. I did get blood work back and have no evidence of diabetes or arthritis that could be harming my feet. So yea!!! for good news!!!! yippeee!
Donna~You described how I felt to a tee. Devastated. Spent the last two weeks thinking I would FINALLY have some local support and this joker was a major disappointment. ugh....
ANYWAY! You are all wodnerful! Nancy you are so right. ENERGY is precious and I will NOT give him anymore. Dr. Zuckerman was also right about how we react to the way people treat us....I PREACH that belief to my friends and husband but had a moment of weakness. Thanks Dr. Z for bringing me back to reality. The Carmen SAGA continues....
OH! I got Danskos last night and they have been a dream! No SHOOTING pain for almost 14 hours!!!!
Still minor pains but at least it has calmed down. ALSO the doctor was showing the wall stretch to me and get this.....HE WAS BOUNCING HARD ON HIS TOES WITHTHE STRETCH!!!!!! help.

Re: To ALL

Kim on 8/05/01 at 20:58 (055577)

I have had PF since March of this year.I have had two cortizone shots and I am on my second pair of orthotics,Still NO relief!1 I also work in a chemical plant and I am on my feet 10 out of 12 hours.I never knew my feet could hurt this bad!! My best friend Carmen has been encouraging me to pursue this problem more aggresively and after visiting this website I intend to do just that, I am certainly learning a lot!! My doctor has told me very little about my problem and I really feel helpless sometimes.

Re: Kim

Julie on 8/06/01 at 01:18 (055599)

Hello Kim, and welcome to Carmen's best friend!

First: you need to find a foot specialist who will give you more help. You need a full examination, an assessment of your standing and walking, and a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr Zuckerman posted two recommendations in Atlanta for Carmen (I don't know if she has seen them as she hasn't responded) which would be useful for you too (I assume you also live in Atlanta).

Second: read the heel pain book to educate yourself, so that you don't feel helpless any more. Take control, have informed discussions with your new doctor, and actively participate in the treatment programme he offers you.

Being on your feet 10 hours a day is not helping you. It is almost certainly the cause of, or has at least contributed to, your problem, and is going to be one of the main obstacles to your healing. You need to think about how you could cut down on the number of hours you are on your feet. Perhaps with the co-operation of your employers you could switch to sitting duties while you heal. Rest is vital, because PF is an injury, and like any injury it needs rest in order to heal.

Always wear good, supportive shoes: never go barefoot. Many of us like Birkenstocks.

Taping has been very helpful to me, and others. You'll find instructions in Part 2 of the heel pain book. Start with the first, simplest technique and see if it helps. If it does, it's an indication that you may need orthotics (your foot doctor will assess this). Meanwhile it will rest the fascia and relieve your pain somewhat. An elastic ankle support is also useful: Futuro is a good one.

Re: Good Podiatrist in Atlanta area

Dr. Marlene Reid on 7/31/01 at 22:58 (055029)

There is a really good residency program at what used to be Doctor's Hospital. I don't know the name now, but it has an excellent reputation. You could either see if the program has a clinic or get the name of its director(s).

Re: Good Podiatrist in Atlanta area

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/01/01 at 00:57 (055032)

Peachtree Podiatry Group.

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 07:24 (055043)

I live in Atlanta and am on my way in five minutes to a new Foot Specialist....I'll let you know what I find out if you are interested.

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 09:06 (055049)

BAD VISIT to the 'foot Specialist'. He was anything BUT a specialist. He answered all of my questions but I got constantly interuppted no matter HOW I tried to talk to him....I told him I was concerned about developing heelspurs and he said '30 year olds don't get heel spurs'.
WHAT???????????? I freaked on that one....considering I have a best firend who is 30 and has them in btoh feet. He told me that with Plantar Fasitis he didn't see why going barefoot would be a problem. WHAT again?
I just sat there shaking my head at him and I said 'You know Dr. KNox I have really been researching this problem and have learned a lot and I KNOW the one worse thing you can do for your feet with this PF is go barefoot.' He just said 'WEll whatever you're comfortable with'
I also asked him about my Orhtotics (which were sitting in my purse b/c they hurt) and he said 'WEll mine are probably better'
I can't even believe the things that were coming out of this guys mouth...Now this was a Resurgeons Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist in Atlanta....not some dive clinic. He said 'You can do night splints or Cortizone'....and I said 'How much are the night splints?' He says 'About $100.00 a piece.' Of course I said 'Well anything that is not covered by insurance is not going to work for me right now...I have spent enough money at this point.'
I asked about Pronation being a possible cause for PF and he said 'I doubt it but you do have a pronation issue....a small one but I see it. That didn't cause your problem'
then he told me to continue stair stepping and walking if there was not tooo much pain and good Luck.
I cried all the way home...literally. I was so upset when I left. I knew more then he did about this! I did get a prescription for Volatren....but who knows.
What a waste of money and time....I am wondering if I HAVE to have a doctor for this? Or can I just work on it by myself some more?
I am losing trust in anyone but this site and the doctors and people on it!

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

nancy s. on 8/01/01 at 09:54 (055057)

hi carmen,
i'm not sure i'd call it 'common,' but it certainly isn't rare enough, in my opinion. your guy sounds like the pod i went to when i first got pf -- only i hadn't found this site yet and stuck with him for six months, getting nowhere -- in fact, quite a bit worse.
i'm sorry this happened to you. don't feel alone, because in my long time on this site i can't tell you how many times i've read in someone's post after a visit to the doctor, 'i cried all the way home.'
clearly you DO know more than this particular doctor, and i would write him off.
if it helps any to know, i did eventually find an excellent sports medicine doctor who knew a lot about my foot problems and who saw me through most of my recovery. they are out there. this site here is invaluable in so many ways, as you already know. i do think it's good to have a trustworthy doctor monitoring your case, though. individual problems can arise that a good doctor familiar with you and your case is most likely to guide you through best and personally. please don't give up; keep looking.
in the meantime, i hope you continue to find support and answers here that will help you toward recovery. please don't waste precious energy on stressing out about this lousy doctor visit -- he's not worth it, and you need your energy to cope in more constructive ways than he had to offer.
take care,
nancy

Re: Don't give up, Carmen

Julie on 8/01/01 at 11:13 (055070)

Carmen, that's very disappointing, and I'm so sorry this has happened. I second everything Nancy has said, though. Write him off, and look elsewhere: it WILL help to have a good doctor on your side, encouraging and monitoring you. When you've recovered from this blow, maybe your next step could be to follow up the two leads that Drs Reid and Zuckerman posted: the Doctors' Hospital and the Peachtree Podiatry Group (lovely name!)

DON'T give up hope. Healing PF is a long road. Lots of people here, like Nancy, have had to pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and start all over again. And you will. I know you're determined!

Now for a little bit of information. It may be confusing, but all information is grist to the mill, right? I've just come from seeing my osteopath. I think I told you two weeks ago that she was working on my tight piriformis, didn't I? We had an interesting discussion about this very interesting muscle (in her words, 'a little beast') and she said that supination, which rotates the hip externally, can cause piriformis syndrome, rather than pronation, which rotates it inwardly. She also said that poor sitting habits is a factor in many of the cases she treats - for example, driving a car with off-centre pedals.

Chin up. Things can only get better.

All the best, Julie

Re: Don't give up, Carmen

Donna M on 8/01/01 at 11:59 (055079)

Carmen, my heart goes out to you!! I know how devastated you must feel!! It seems like it takes forever to find a decent dr., and then it seems like the appointment is months away. By the time you get to go, you just know 'he' will be able to answer your questions and get you well on the road to recovery! Only to get there and the whole appointment be nothing but disaster and you are in the same shape you were, but now feeling only more depressed. It just doesn't seem fair, but then the down times are where we receive our true strength!!
Like Nancy and Julie said, there is a good doctor out there, for all of us! We just have to continue seeking and eventually we 'will' find him!
Good luck and hang in there!!
Donna

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Glenn X on 8/01/01 at hrmin (055092)

Carmen: Little consolation, but at least you came away from your appointment knowing how ill-equipped this person was to care for you. That's not something everyone who comes here to heelspurs knows right away.

I think we need to start a 'Can You Top This?' board; post some of these outrageous examples of dismal, abysmal, obscene care, and figure out some way to get the information in the hands of medical schools, as in a course on , 'How NOT to treat your patients.' Or perhaps there's a journal article here? Or testimony before congress?

With apologies to the really exceptional and dedicated doctors that regularly post on this site . . . This is damned wretched, contemptible, sinful (you should see how many synonyms are available to describe this) 'doctoring.' But somehow, we (the universal we) need to get MAD AS HELL and NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE, and perhaps contribute to a solution.

Whew!

By the way, nice piece of lively writing. I felt there, at your visit to the ???? not sure what to call that person (see above).

There are great doctors and other health-care professionals out there. My dentist, my internist, even my vet, are wonderful. And later this week I'm seeing a DPM I met on heelspurs whom I already have enormous confidence in.

I encourage you to keep looking with unflagging optimism, and also encourage you to continue the REST and other conservative measures so well described on heelspurs until you find that caregiver you can trust and partner with.

Re: WARNING do NOT go to the doc I saw!! Is this common??

Dr.Zuckerman on 8/01/01 at 15:32 (055106)

Don't give up. Educate Educate yourself. Education is the best doctor around. You can't control how people treat you but you can control how you feel

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Manas D on 8/01/01 at 15:49 (055111)

Carmen:

Yes, I 'm very interested .... how 'd it go?

Thanks,
Manas.

Re: I live in Atlanta...

Manas D. on 8/01/01 at 15:58 (055113)

Carmen:

Sorry, I replied before reading your other message. I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. Do not give up hope.

I have an appointment on the 8th of Aug with a doctor at Alpharetta area...will let you know how it goes.

Thanks,
Manas.

Re: To ALL

Carmen H on 8/01/01 at 16:24 (055119)

You know I am just overwhelmed daily on how great everyone on here is....
I look forward to the next day that I can get on here and be supported. Thanks to everyone so much. It helps just to be UNDERSTOOD. I will stay on the 'hunt' and now I know for the next search to ask how knowledgable the doc is and how familar he is with PF. I may WAIT and see how Manas does with his visit....Alpharetta is only about 45 minutes from me...on the way to clients offices an hour away. I would try to collaborate the two trips. Oh trust me... He was written off when he said 30 year olds don't get heelspurs. A GONER I must say! I think he knew I was disappointed b/c when he was trying to tell me about the ESWT he couldn't remember what it was called and I called it the EWST treatment and he kind of smiled like he was saying 'Oh...you DO know about this PF stuff'
So...anyway. 'Good Luck' is what I hear from Docs when they feel they can't do anything more for me...when they know I am movin' on. I agree about the board Glenn! let's come up with a 'Can you top this' board...hee hee
For giggles sake! The doc's could post their most DRAMATIC patients....We know we're out there. I actually call myself the drama queen about things like Ohhhh my reaction to bugs (SHRREEEEEKKKK!!!!) and things like that. But with this feet thing....I have had to tone down the explanation to people b/c there's no GOOD way to explain the pain without them thinking I'm wacky or exaggerating how bad it hurts.
Julie~THANKS for the Piriformus info! That's sooo helpful to my quest to correct that problem as well. I did get blood work back and have no evidence of diabetes or arthritis that could be harming my feet. So yea!!! for good news!!!! yippeee!
Donna~You described how I felt to a tee. Devastated. Spent the last two weeks thinking I would FINALLY have some local support and this joker was a major disappointment. ugh....
ANYWAY! You are all wodnerful! Nancy you are so right. ENERGY is precious and I will NOT give him anymore. Dr. Zuckerman was also right about how we react to the way people treat us....I PREACH that belief to my friends and husband but had a moment of weakness. Thanks Dr. Z for bringing me back to reality. The Carmen SAGA continues....
OH! I got Danskos last night and they have been a dream! No SHOOTING pain for almost 14 hours!!!!
Still minor pains but at least it has calmed down. ALSO the doctor was showing the wall stretch to me and get this.....HE WAS BOUNCING HARD ON HIS TOES WITHTHE STRETCH!!!!!! help.

Re: To ALL

Kim on 8/05/01 at 20:58 (055577)

I have had PF since March of this year.I have had two cortizone shots and I am on my second pair of orthotics,Still NO relief!1 I also work in a chemical plant and I am on my feet 10 out of 12 hours.I never knew my feet could hurt this bad!! My best friend Carmen has been encouraging me to pursue this problem more aggresively and after visiting this website I intend to do just that, I am certainly learning a lot!! My doctor has told me very little about my problem and I really feel helpless sometimes.

Re: Kim

Julie on 8/06/01 at 01:18 (055599)

Hello Kim, and welcome to Carmen's best friend!

First: you need to find a foot specialist who will give you more help. You need a full examination, an assessment of your standing and walking, and a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr Zuckerman posted two recommendations in Atlanta for Carmen (I don't know if she has seen them as she hasn't responded) which would be useful for you too (I assume you also live in Atlanta).

Second: read the heel pain book to educate yourself, so that you don't feel helpless any more. Take control, have informed discussions with your new doctor, and actively participate in the treatment programme he offers you.

Being on your feet 10 hours a day is not helping you. It is almost certainly the cause of, or has at least contributed to, your problem, and is going to be one of the main obstacles to your healing. You need to think about how you could cut down on the number of hours you are on your feet. Perhaps with the co-operation of your employers you could switch to sitting duties while you heal. Rest is vital, because PF is an injury, and like any injury it needs rest in order to heal.

Always wear good, supportive shoes: never go barefoot. Many of us like Birkenstocks.

Taping has been very helpful to me, and others. You'll find instructions in Part 2 of the heel pain book. Start with the first, simplest technique and see if it helps. If it does, it's an indication that you may need orthotics (your foot doctor will assess this). Meanwhile it will rest the fascia and relieve your pain somewhat. An elastic ankle support is also useful: Futuro is a good one.